New Gate at Swan Lake Park

Today the volunteers were hard at work at Swan Lake Park in Yateley, cutting back the paths and repairing fencing. We also installed a new self-closing pedestrian gate on the footpath to stop dogs running onto the road.

Old gap on footpath

Old gap on footpath

Digging the gate trench

Digging the gate trench

Volunteers with the shiny new gate

Volunteers with the shiny new gate

Ranger Stuart

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About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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